In the West, rain and snow showers are developing from southern California to the central Rockies. Farther north, blustery conditions prevail in the wake of a cold front’s passage.

On the Plains, cold weather prevails. Some snow is spreading across the central High Plains, particularly in eastern Colorado and western Nebraska. Precipitation is still needed on the drought-ravaged southern High Plains for rangeland, pastures, and winter grains.

In the Corn Belt, some light snow is falling across northern areas, including parts of Wisconsin. Cold, dry weather covers the remainder of the Midwest. Snow remains on the ground in much of northern Indiana, northwestern Ohio, and southern and eastern Michigan, stalling late-season harvest efforts.

In the South, freeze warnings are in effect this morning as far south as northern Florida, well north of the state’s citrus belt. Cool, dry weather throughout the Southeast favors late-season fieldwork, including winter wheat planting and cotton and soybean harvesting.

Outlook: For today and Friday, widespread precipitation will overspread the southwestern and south-central U.S. Some of the heaviest snow will fall in the central and southern Rockies, while rainfall will exceed an inch across parts of the central and southern Plains. By Saturday, snow will spread from the central and southern High Plains into the upper Great Lakes region. Later in the weekend, torrential rainfall (locally in excess of 4 inches) and locally severe thunderstorms will erupt from the western Gulf Coast region into the Ohio Valley. Cold air will trail the storminess, particularly across the western and central U.S. The NWS 6- to 10-day outlook for December 6-10 calls for colder-than-normal weather from the Pacific Coast to the Plains, while near- to above-normal temperatures will prevail across the eastern half of the U.S. Conversely, wetter-than- normal conditions across most of the eastern half of the nation will contrast with near- to below-normal precipitation in the western half of the U.S.